II - Missouri/Nauvoo/Winter
Tours fly into Kansas City and are met by a deluxe,
air-conditioned bus which transports us in comfort to the important church history sites listed below.
Most fly back to Salt Lake City from the Omaha airport, just 11
miles from Winter Quarters. This has important advantages
compared with round-trip into Kansas City or St. Louis:
You are always seeing new sites rather than busing through the same
places twice to return to the same airport. We carefully
follow Brigham Young's trail across Iowa and explain many
important sites and crucial events that took place along the
way. And since Omaha is near Winter Quarters, you see its
exceptional visitors center and the lovely new Winter Quarters
As has always been a
tradition with Mormon Heritage tours, we visit the sites in the order that the
history occurred, making it easier to understand and remember.
sites visited are listed below. Tour hosts make good use
of the time both on the bus and at these sites to recount the
stories of faith that occurred there, and to explain their
importance. Especially moving are scripts
representing people who where there that are read in first-person by tour members. For example, we hear the testimonies
Oliver Cowdery and
at their graves,
near the Richmond Jail where the rebuking of the
guards took place, and the testimonies of
Emma Smith and
on the sacred Far West temple site. Two
eye-witnesses deliver an account of a miraculous healing at Haun's Mill. On the shore of the Mississippi in
Mary Ann Young tells of the faith of Brigham and
the Twelve departing for England on missions while sick with
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are flying with us, round trip from Salt Lake City. We encourage you to arrange your own air
transportation if you can save money by doing so. A
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Price and value are
important to us.
So far as we know there are no other quality tours visiting all
the sites we do, in historical order, as we
have always done, that do not charge significantly more. Our
tours offer unique participation opportunities not available
anywhere else. If you see advertised similar tours that
appear less expensive, please call us. They are likely missing
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all fees and taxes,
and all meals.
Nothing is added!
Some site names are highlighted in
below - these are places where
events took place of great importance in the history of the LDS
Church, but are often skipped by other tours.
||Why we visit it
||Site of ancient Garden of
Eden. The lost ten tribes of Israel will gather here and build the great City of Zion
before the second coming of Christ. A great temple will be constructed here that will
eclipse anything we have yet experienced. It will be lighted day and night by a celestial
source from above. The Lord will govern the world from this city during the Millennium.
- Site of
Richmond Jail, where the Rebuking of
the Guards by Joseph Smith took place. It is often
erroneously assumed to be the Liberty Jail.
Graves of Oliver Cowdery,
Mary Whitmer, David
Whitmer, Judge Austin King and others.
||Liberty Jail where Joseph
Smith was incarcerated with Hyrum and others. Some time later, Porter Rockwell also was
imprisoned here on a false charge of attempting to kill Governor Lilburn Boggs. Wonderful
visitors center and inspiring missionary presentations.
||Third and last
Missouri home of the
saints before being driven out in 1839 by the Extermination Order.
Sacred dedicated temple lot. Declared by President
David O. McKay to be the site of a future "glorious
||Adam lived here for 900 years
after expulsion from Eden. Gathered righteous posterity before his death and prophesied
everything of consequence until the end of the world. Monumental meeting to take place
shortly before the second coming. Adam and all prophets who hold keys will attend.
Millions will attend from this world and others.
Lovely, upbeat, blessed town that rescued the saints when
driven from Missouri by the Militias (mobs) in the middle of the winter of 1839
. A University history professor, an expert on Civil
War history and the Lincoln-Douglas debates, speaks to us at
dinner and relates how it was that Quincy was spared any
bloodshed during the civil war while just across the
Mississippi in Missouri, things were awful. He also speaks to us about the monumental
importance to the future of our country of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Presented where one of these debates took place.
||What is left of the town
founded by Rev. Levi Williams, the minister who led the mob that killed Joseph and Hyrum at
Carthage. We pass by his grave and read his dire predictions for the Mormons, which have
failed to come to pass. We also read Joseph Smiths counter prophecies which are
being fulfilled every single day.
||The town that raised the
Carthage mob. Also home of Tom Sharp, the editor of the Warsaw Signal.
See the immense contrast with blessed Quincy. Also see
Flemming's Tavern, where the mob plotted the killing and
||Founded in a swamp in 1839 and
was home of the saints until driven from there in 1846, two years after the Prophets
death. Second temple in this dispensation was built and destroyed there. The rebuilt
Nauvoo Temple was dedicated on June 27, 2002 at 5:00pm. This
was the 158th anniversary of the
day that Joseph and Hyrum were killed at Carthage.
Today, visit wonderfully restored homes and shops with
senior missionaries to learn how the pioneers lived.
Enjoy delightful pioneer entertainment in the evenings. Skip
rocks on the mighty Mississippi River.
sessions in the glorious new Nauvoo Temple. Also
baptisms as you wish.
||Visitors center and jail where
Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed. Powerfully moving
Creek Camp #2
Iowa site: where
Come, Come Ye Saints
was composed. We bus just a little north of the original camp, and, after a
hearing the circumstances of the writing of this great hymn, we sing it on the bus
as we travel to Garden Grove.
Monument & Wagon Ride!
||Iowa site: Most important Iowa temporary settlement for
our pioneers leaving Nauvoo. Beautiful and peaceful, perfect for our end-of-tour
devotional. A wagon ride on the pioneer trail.
Then a delicious Iowa home cookin' lunch at a Methodist
Church including mouth-watering homemade pie.
Council Bluffs: Built entirely of Cottonwood logs.
Brigham Young was sustained here as the president of the LDS
Church in 1848 after returning from the Salt Lake Valley.
That same year, a much-humbled Oliver Cowdery made the long,
hard journey here to beg to be re-admitted to the Church in
front of a thousand wary saints. He was baptized
outside nearby in Indian Creek by Orson Hyde.
Just across the Missouri River
into Nebraska. Outstanding visitors center, pioneer
cemetery with 600 unmarked graves, Aavard Fairbanks
Sculpture, Winter Quarters Temple! Seven-day tours
include time for a temple session. Five-day and
six-day tours fly
home after touring the area and visiting the temple grounds